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November 12, 2021

Girl Receives Jury Duty Letter, but She's Only 3 Years Old

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The state summoned three-year-old Madison Behrmann to serve on federal jury duty in what appears to be a big mistake. The question remains, "how did her name get on the list?"

Receiving something in the mail is an exciting experience for young kids, but when three-year-old Madison Behrmann received a letter, neither she nor her parents were thrilled.

Recently, the New Jersey toddler found herself summoned by the U.S. District Court to serve on federal jury duty. While her mother, Laura, believes Madison would probably do well, it just wasn't an option.

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"She might be really good at it. I don't know," Laura quipped. "But she will need an adult to take her to the bathroom."

According to the letter, Madison's name was randomly selected from the voter's registration list. However, her name should not have been there in the first place.

It remains a mystery to Laura how her daughter's name got there, but some of her assumptions include identity theft and impersonation.

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"Did someone vote in her name? Is there somebody impersonating her out there, credit cards, taking out a loan in her name?" she asked during an interview.

Those chosen for jury duty are not always as happy to accept the call. Such was the case for Mia, who used her creativity to get out of duty.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, identity theft constitutes using another person's personal information to obtain benefits or committing fraud.

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Ian Marlow, a cyber security expert, revealed that both kids and adults are targeted similarly for identity theft. He said:

“One of the very first steps that [parents] should do is contact a credit agency and do something called locking their credit.”

Marlow also advised parents to regularly run free credit checks on their kids to ensure the safety of personal information.

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A state senator also looked into the incident and informed the Behrmanns that Madison is not registered to vote, leaving the mystery unsolved.

Those chosen for jury duty are not always as happy to accept the call. Such was the case for Mia, who used her creativity to get out of duty.

In a TikTok video, Mia asked her followers to help choose ridiculous outfits to make her look unworthy. While some fans found her plan witty and hilarious, others gave different advice to get out of duty. It turned out that her plan worked, and she was asked by the judge to leave.

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